After meeting his teenage victim on Instagram, Jaret Wright allegedly took nude photos and raped her multiple times over the course of weeks. He lived under the teen’s bed before being detected by the victim’s mother.
Wright now stands accused of three counts of rape and one count of producing child pornography, jail records reveal.
An Ohio Man Named Jaret Wright Stands Accused of a Multitude of Charges Including Rape, Prosecutors Allege.
The alleged victim, who is between the ages of 13 and 18, was lured by Wright on Instagram, prosecutors claim.
Officials claim that the 20-year-old man evaded detection by living underneath the teenager’s bed in her Cincinnatti home for at least three weeks. During that time, prosecutors say he sexually assaulted the victim.
The teen was forcibly held down and raped, prosecutors allege.
Wright allegedly held the teen down and forcibly made her have sex. According to prosecutors, the victim knew he was living underneath her bed but her mother was unaware, the Akron Beacon Journal reports.
Wright was arrested following the girl’s mother discovering him. It’s unclear whether the girl invited Wright to stay at her home, and it’s also not been determined whether or not he ever left the home while allegedly living there.
Wright was being held at the Hamilton County Justice Center late last week on a $50,000 bond awaiting trial, the AP reports.
It has not been made public if the accused has entered a plea or plans to take the matter to trial.
FOX19, a local Ohio Fox affiliate, spoke to psychologist Dr. Ed Connor about the matter. He characterized the incident as the latest example of social media being the avenue for a predator to find their victim.
“Perpetrators, especially when they’re older than the victim, are quite good at grooming and convincing the victim that they’re simply a friend and out for their best interests,” Connor told the outlet.
He feels parents should look at the case as a sort of teaching moment. He urged parents to get more involved in their children’s online behavior.
“Parents have to be intrusive,” Connor explained. “They have to be more involved with what their child is doing on social media or the internet.”
A recent study conducted by the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) in the UK claims that 34 percent of sexual grooming offenses happen more on Instagram.
The cases of strangers befriending children on social platforms and abuse them have increased by more than 36% since last year. According to the report by NSPCC, 70% of grooming cases start with likes on Instagram and Facebook. More than 34% of sexual befriending on social platforms happens on Instagram that is more than any other social media platform since last year.
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